Sunday, April 20, 2008
Word spread quickly about this event which was sponsored by the Stonewall United Methodist Church Relay Team. The ride was in honor of Doug Carey, cancer survivor and motorcycle rider.
| Stonewall is a small community located just east of Bayboro, NC on Hwy 55. The ride started at 11:00 on Saturday and we arrived in Stonewall at 10:05. There were quite a few bikes already in line. The weather could not have been better with the sky sunny and the temperature well on it's way to eighty degrees. At last count there were just over 100 bikes in the group. |
| There were several cancer survivors in the crowd including a four year old child. The money raised will go to research to help fight the disease. |
Go to http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/ to learn more.
Some of you reading this don't know the area referred to as DC or Down in the County. Pamlico County is a very rural county with some of the best, and under appreciated, scenic riding in the area. We were getting ready to sample some of the best ribbons of asphalt the county has to offer.
It's 11:00 and everyone's ready to roll.
| It's hard to describe to what you feel and perceive when you are part of a large group ride like the sounds of motorcycle engines being revved and the smell of high octane gasoline in the exhaust. But at this point in the ride I detected the distinct odor of burning rice. |
First stop, Goose Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church on Hwy 306 via Oriental.
| Out back there was an area set up with almost every type of baked goods one could imagine. The soft drinks and water were a big hit. All jackets are off and it's t-shirt weather! |
|This stop was the Goose Creek Island Community Center and Hobucken Post Office complex. When we headed out from the previous stop we took a round-about path back to Olympia, through Cayton and Aurora. I was getting thirsty and that water was really cold. |
| All the colors and models you could imagine. You can't help develop some customizing ideas when you see all the different styles. |
|Here we exit the high rise bridge near Hobucken on the final leg back to Stonewall. |
|You may have noticed the lack of cars in the previous photos. That's what makes the area so good.|
| Did I mention just how good the food was? Well it was really good. Plenty of pig along with potatoes, string beans, cole slaw rolls, dessert and an endless supply of sweet iced tea. Pig and sweet tea..guess we must be south of that Mason-Dixon line. |
American by birth, Southern by the grace of God.
| Did I mention just how good the live entertainment was? I give 'em five out of five. |
| A great ride(door to door for us: 120 miles) with a lot of familiar faces, good weather, good food and great entertainment. All things must end and it looks like Debbie is ready to head home. |
| PARTING SHOTS |
Posted by Ralph Southerland at 5:52 PM